By Fred SmithPosted
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It was a delight to see two amateurs, which literally means “those who do it for the love of it.” What drew them together was their love of the game.
We come together every September with one thing in mind: to learn from each other in the context of our friendships and our relationships.
IN 1985, FIVE PEOPLE MET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, WITH A VERY SIMPLE AGENDA.
They were all engaged in Christian philanthropy and wanted to create a group of like-minded individuals to serve as a resource, a source of spiritual encouragement and a sounding board of peers. They wanted to set aside a time each year to find a safe, neutral place to relax, talk and learn – and to hopefully bring their families. And so The Gathering began.
The mission and purpose of The Gathering has now grown to include our annual conference of a few hundred people across multiple generations, as well as regional get-togethers and ministry trips throughout the year.